I'm definitely an extroverted introvert and have always described myself this way.
My own personal private space is sacred to me.
That's why I live alone * by choice *
@missy_lynn I didn't even know that "social battery" was a thing, but I came up with a pretty similar analogy 🤣
@missy_lynn I was a bit surprised when the docs said that I am introvert. But, now it is so nice to see that there are more folks having the same emotion :)
@missy_lynn I don't like how people always confuse introvert/extrovert with social anxiety. Being an introvert is totally fine.
@missy_lynn This also works the other way round. I am shy and anxious when socializing but when I finally manage to keep up a conversation/maintain a positive relation to someone I can talk to, I feel, that's where I get my energy from. But people tend to assume I'm an introvert because I don't have many friends and don't do a lot of activities.
@missy_lynn Me, too! I can even speak at big events (and with very few notes) but do I need to wind down big time afterwards!
@missy_lynn Great to know there are others out there like me! Always thought I am being impolite to those I socialise with when I get tired.
@missy_lynn As a social hermit, I know this all too well. After a party or hosting house guests, I need to retreat into my cave : read, write, be silent and still…
@missy_lynn Introversion is not shyness (which is the fear of public shame): it's about brain stimulation, actually, and some folks' aversion to too much of it.
Me: man, I need to see some real people! I need to get out!!
Me after lunch with a friend: that was great! I can’t wait to see people again next month!
@missy_lynn me to! I feel like I'm pretty great socially, but it drains me and I need to retreat to my island for a good few months after each social foray.
@missy_lynn This. Also, may it be known the worst part about having tiny children is they do not believe in alone time.
@missy_lynn Me too. At 7 my mum decided I should have a birthday party. One of the guests brought me a book. So when I'd had enough party I went to my room to read it in peace. Haven't changed much.
This is me as well. Long social interactions exhaust me completely, especially as I have gotten older.
Further introvert fun: dense crowds can be less problematic than thin crowds ...because it's far easier to just disappear and be anonymous and there's far less pressure to interact. Plus, it's usually noisier in denser crowds so, if someone DOES try to engage you, you can often escape engagement with the old "it's too noisy in here" pantomime.
@missy_lynn how cool would it be if you just teleported home as soon as your social battery ran out